On Thursday, February 28th, volunteers from Deutsche Bank rolled up their sleeves to make repairs on School Settlement Association (120 Jackson Street), the oldest remaining Progressive Era “settlement house” in Brooklyn.
The volunteers spent the day painting and repairing walls and flooring. The repairs were part of Deutsche Bank’s volunteer Rebuilding Day project, which was made possible by Rebuilding Together NYC, a non-profit organization for safe and healthy living that provides repairs and modifications to low-income homes and non-profit facilities.
School Settlement Association and its strategic partner, St. Nicks Alliance, successfully applied for the project through Rebuilding Together NYC.
School Settlement Association was built in 1904 as a safe space for low-income children, mostly from immigrant families, to make productive use of their out-of-school time. Since then, it has expanded into a multi-functional community facility, but it maintains its focus on serving the neighborhood’s low-income residents and their children.
Chelsea Muller, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together NYC, said, “Rebuilding Together NYC is thrilled to have the continued support of Deutsche Bank as we provide repairs at School Settlement Association. We looked forward to completing this project in the fall, but were put on hold in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Now, while we’re working on repairing homes damaged by the storm, we are excited to also meet the needs of this great community resource.”
Michael Rochford, Executive Director of St. Nicks Alliance and School Settlement Association, said, “We were very excited and honored to have these volunteers from Deutsche Bank help us continue to make School Settlement a vital community resource for those who need it. We are extremely grateful for Rebuilding Together NYC for choosing us as a worthwhile recipient for this project.”
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